Two concepts for the Calamity Atelier architecture competition. The competition site is Arte Sella, a unique park in the mountains of northern Italy where people discover large outdoor sculptures as they hike through nature. The brief was to design five sculpture atelier where artists would live and work creating sculpture for the park. I decided to design a prototype for a studio that could be replicated. The studios would need large open spaces to work, good light, and a large door to bring in equipment and materials. Because the sculpture will ultimately be outdoors, it was important that the space have a strong connection with nature.
The workshop is under the loft and provides ample storage for the artist as well as a large wood burning stove. Because each artist will have different needs for storage, there is a customizable shelving system made with a grid of square voids in the concrete walls. The studio loft is where the artist would live, and also provides a working platform for taller sculptures.
The five studios would be connected with a new nature trail, which would allow visitors to walk and get a view of work in progress.
Another concept for the Calamity Atelier competition